2020 Trends in Tile Flooring Transitions

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Pictured: An eye-catching, colorful mosaic tile accent border conjoins two laminate floor pieces. Image Source: Digs Digs

Are you preparing to put your house on the market, lived in your home for a long time, and are ready for a little change? Or, have you recently bought a new home and want to make it your own? Paint color, furniture and décor can give your home an instant facelift, but for a real impact consider upgrading with tile. Many homeowners are now replacing carpet with porcelain tile or laminate floors. And, with today’s trends in tile flooring, there are endless options for rejuvenating and redecorating.

One of the main challenges, however, is ensuring that your upgrade has a cohesive look throughout the home, and that the materials used are appropriate for each area. Some flooring types are better suited for specific rooms, like tile in wet or high traffic areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, foyers, and laundry rooms. So, how do you combine functionality with attractiveness? And, how can you effectively transition from one type of flooring to another smoothly and cohesively?

A simple threshold piece used to be the answer, but the tile industry has drastically changed over the past 15+ years. Because there are so many new tile options available, homeowners are starting to think outside of the traditional dimensions and leaning towards more faded/staggered looks. Consider these unique tile flooring transitions to creatively mask the delineation from one room to another. 

Create a Trendy Tile Accent Border

To achieve a trendy tile accent border, simply create a line of tile between two different floor covers for a smooth transition. Atlas Marble & Tile Inc. offers a wide array of tile in a variety of styles and finishes. Transitional borders could be as simple as changing the direction of the tile, if you are using a porcelain plank. Or, choosing a floor appropriate mosaic that fits the style of the home. It is important that the heights of the adjoining floors are on equal planes. But, if they are not, Atlas has a myriad of solutions that may include using a Schluter strip that will bridge the two heights. Or, you can use an uncoupling membrane to lift the height of the new floor while giving it more protection from deflection.  

Tile Flooring Transitions with Irregular Patterns

When transitioning from a wooden or laminate floor to tile, you can add visual interest with an irregular border line. In fact, creating a shift that follows an unexpected pattern is a great way to add personality to your home. For this trendy look, choose a pattern and cut your wooden or laminate floor to match the edge of the tile. For example, uneven geometric patterns, fluid curving lines, and staggered pieces are all popular options for this flooring transition. Just be sure your installer is totally on-board with the idea and there are no issues with engineering the two floors correctly. 

 Some shape ideas for irregular patterns include:

  • Chevron, or zig-zag
  • Hexagon or honeycomb
  • Organic curves
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Pictured: Hexagon tile blends seamlessly with hardwood floor to create a transition between two rooms. Image Source: Pinterest

All in all, whether you opt for a geometric or abstract pattern, this method looks intentional yet creative. As with the straight transitions, care must be made in varying floor heights. However, solutions exist and Atlas will work hard to educate you of your choices. Overall, this is a beautiful eye catching way to transition from various flooring. 

Bridge the Gap with Tile Transition Features

There may be some instances where you have two different floors that you don’t want to meet seamlessly. For instance, going from a foyer to a powder room, or from a mudroom to the kitchen. In either case, you could bridge the gap between the two with tile pieces, a traditional threshold, or using the methods listed above. 

Moreover, you can always give the illusion of an area rug with mosaic tile. Atlas has an in-house artist that will design your own custom mosaic. Or, you can always come look at the endless array of pre-made patterns available. Mosaic rugs are great for bathrooms and foyers! Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to adding dimension without drawing attention to the differing floor cover.

Choose Atlas Marble & Tile Inc. for Your Tile Needs

When it comes to updating the floors in your home, there’s no better time than the present. Atlas Marble & Tile Inc. is up to speed on the latest trends in tile flooring, and we have all the supplies you need for your renovation. Visit our website for project ideas and see our large selection of in-stock and specialty tile. Contact us today to learn how we can bring your home up-to-date with today’s current tile trends.

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